Concessives, Premodern
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"Concessive" (or "concessive sentence") is the name for a complex sentence in which the relationship between the two propositions represented by the two clauses is concessive. The concessive relationship can be seen as a subtype of the adversative relationship. Its characteristic feature consists in negation of an anticipated and generally expected consequence of a certain fact. The concessive is thus typically associated with a feeling of surprise or deviation from a presupposed norm. As there are many shades of the concessiv…

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Lukáš ZÁDRAPA, “Concessives, Premodern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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